June 28, 2005 - Issue: Vol. 151, No. 88 — Daily Edition109th Congress (2005 - 2006) - 1st Session
SUPREME COURT COURTS CONFUSION; Congressional Record Vol. 151, No. 88
(House of Representatives - June 28, 2005)
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[Pages H5258-H5259] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] SUPREME COURT COURTS CONFUSION (Mr. POE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. POE. Madam Speaker, yesterday in the Supreme Court it was the Ten Commandments versus the Ten Commandments. The score: one for the Ten Commandments and one against the Ten Commandments. The Supreme Court ruled in a Kentucky courthouse they have to take down those Ten Commandments. The Supreme Court ruled the same day, yesterday, that the Ten Commandments on the Texas capitol grounds, they can leave them up. This was a 5-4 decision, and the Supreme Court has created confusion to legal minds throughout the country and to citizens of this Republic. Stephen Breyer voted one way in one case, and the other way in the other. He is the swing vote. So what do we do in the future when we want to address the Ten Commandments and where they should be placed? Do we call him [[Page H5259]] on the phone and ask permission and wait for him to deny it or grant it? Madam Speaker, the first amendment of the Constitution is very simple. It says Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. But there is a second phrase: or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. We have a Nation with a long religious history. Contrary to France whose Constitution states that it is a secular republic, in France religion and government never meet. We are not that way. Congress starts with a prayer. We have In God We Trust above the flag. We have Moses in the back. The Supreme Court has the Ten Commandments above it in its Chambers. The Supreme Court's ruling is confusing and defies predictability. The Supreme Court has created a hostility towards religion. The Supreme Court has become a court of confusion. ____________________